Military health funding a down payment on full budget request
The Military Health System views the $575.7 million in funding it received in the fiscal 2008 omnibus appropriations bill signed by President Bush this week as a bridge supplemental to handle immediate requirements until Congress can address its full supplemental funding request next spring, a Military Health System spokesman said.
Government Executive reported last week that Congress had slashed the MHS 2008 supplemental funding request of $1.14 billion by $561.7 million. But the MHS spokesman said "We have every expectation that our requirements will be adequately resourced by Congress in their final supplemental bill."
The spokesman added that MHS considers the $575.7 million in bridge funding" a positive act and it was great news."